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Saturday Night Live is counting on Chicago, three new performers added

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SNL's first "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" -- Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

To take the place of departing funny people Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott, Saturday Night Live will be adding three Chicago-types to roll call. 

On Monday, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson were announced as the new performers joining SNL's 38th season of live, televised sketch comedy.

Strong studied at CalArts before joining the touring company of the Chicago improv theater Second City, reports TheComicsComic.com. Robinson is an alumnus of Second City, and Bryant hails from the iO Theater in Chicago.

THR reports that all three will be featured players, and points to former castmembers Bill Murray, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Martin Short and others as having taken the Second City-to-SNL trajectory.

SNL made a prominent appearance on the Senate floor this summer when Minnesota Democrat Al Franken gave a tribute to his writing partner Tom Davis. The two were some of the show's first writers.

KPCC's Kitty Felde reported in July, "It's not often that you see a US Senator in tears, much less waxing nostalgic about near death canoe trips. I've never heard anyone explain to a C-Span audience how the famous Julia Child sketch on Saturday Night Live was staged. It's must-see TV."

The new season of Saturday Night Live premieres on NBC Saturday, September 15 with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean. Warm up with Laughspin and Buzzfeed's video roundups of the new folks' old jokes. 

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